Sarah Kester


Sarah Kester is a reporter at CBC in Ottawa. She can be reached at

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Local politicians urge province to declare more COVID-19 hot spots

Some politicians in Ottawa and the surrounding area are calling on the province to expand the number of COVID-19 hot spots in the hopes of improving vaccine access to people living in hard-hit areas. 

COVID-19 surge forces Cornwall hospital to transfer patients

A surge of COVID-19 patients is putting unprecedented pressure on the Cornwall Community Hospital, forcing it to transfer other patients elsewhere for care, according to its CEO.

Multilingual campaign aims to combat COVID misinformation, vaccine hesitancy

As Ottawa's COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb, public health officials are reaching out to communities, in their own language, to provide education and resources around vaccines. 

Etches, CHEO say schools must stay open

Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches says many families can't afford to keep their children home anymore and keeping schools open is important for mental health.

Don't gather over Easter long weekend, officials plead

Ottawa has seen spikes in COVID-19 cases after long weekends in the past, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, said virologist Earl Brown.

Nearly 3 dozen Ottawa pharmacies to get COVID-19 vaccine doses, says association

Thirty-four pharmacies in Ottawa are slated to soon receive doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine and could be offering shots as soon as next week, according to the Ontario Pharmacists Association.

Ottawa police program gives officers timely info to help each school, SRO head says

The Ottawa police program that places officers in schools is important because it allows them to become familiar with the different schools' environments and their needs, says the head of the 20-year-old program (SRO).

OCDSB starts community consultations on police officers in schools

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board today starts holding a series of consultations with students, parents and the community, amid growing calls to end a 20-year-old program that pairs police officers with public schools.

Ontario overnight camps prepare in hopes of reopening this summer

Overnight camps in Ontario are already preparing to hopefully welcome back campers after last summer's shutdown because of the pandemic, even though the province has yet to give them the green light.

Vaccine booking line overwhelmed with callers

Some people in Ottawa are having to call up to 100 times to get through to the city's COVID-19 vaccine booking line, as the city warns residents of its overwhelmed phone system backlogged by ineligible callers.